Newsletter of the Fraunhofer IST


Dear Readers,

We are delighted to present our first newsletter to you. It provides you with information about new research results and projects, our activities at trade shows and events, including planned presentations about selected topics in the field of surface technology and thin films. In the ”Answers” column, our experts will explain fundamentals and specialized questions, among other things from the field of thin film technology. In this edition, we begin with our institute director Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer, who provides interesting and valuable information involving the topic of ”vacuum”.

Enjoy reading this first newsletter from Fraunhofer IST.

The Editorial Team


The current research topics at Fraunhofer IST couldn't be more varied. You can look forward to three fascinating articles:


Clean through solar power

In combination with the right materials, sunbeams can clean building facades and decompose pollutants from the air or in the water. With a new measuring device, researchers now want to determine the photocatalytic effectiveness of surfaces more accurately and quickly, thereby increasing efficiency.


Sensor systems for production monitoring

In addition to further developments in the field of data processing, powerful sensor systems for measurement data acquisition are also a key success factor for the fourth industrial revolution – Industry 4.0. At the Fraunhofer IST various application-specific sensor systems on components are being developed.


Galvanic deposition of aluminum

In the world of technology, aluminium is a popular material with many positive properties. At the Fraunhofer IST, a new approach for the development of a safe economic process for aluminum coating has been developed – the galvanic deposition of aluminium from deep eutectic solvents.



Dear Professor Bräuer, what is actually ”vacuum”?

Trade fairs and exhibitions

In the coming months you can visit the Fraunhofer IST at numerous trade shows, conventions, and events.

PSE 2018

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, September 17 - 21, 2018

The ”16th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering” will be taking place again this year with the participation of Fraunhofer IST at the exhibition.

Science Campus

Braunschweig, September 24 - 26, 2018

Female students and graduates in the STEM fields gain insights into the diverse career opportunities at the Fraunhofer IST and three other Fraunhofer Institutes in Braunschweig and Hannover.

IAC 2018

Bremen, October 1 - 5, 2018

The Fraunhofer IST is presenting the results from the development of high performance films for astronautical applications at the ”International Astronautical Congress” in Bremen.

Lectures and posters

During the next quarter, many Fraunhofer IST scientists will be travelling internationally to conferences, conventions, and seminars in order to present their research results to expert audiences. We give you an overview of the planned talks and posters below.

Infiltration  of an additively manufactured structure with plasma.
© Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg
Infiltration of an additively manufactured structure with plasma.
Optical coating on a substrate 200 mm in diameter and an optical density of 6. Top: reflection, bottom: transmission behavior.
© Fraunhofer IST, Jan Benz
Optical coating on a substrate 200 mm in diameter and an optical density of 6. Top: reflection, bottom: transmission behavior.
Antireflective coating on a glass sphere of 12 cm diameter.
© Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg
Antireflective coating on a glass sphere of 12 cm diameter.

16th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering PSE, September 17 - 19, 2018, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

  • ”Artificial Neural Networks for the Prediction of Plasma Nitration Results”, Markus Mejauschek. (Poster)
  • ”Correlation between process parameters and layer formation during plasma nitriding and boriding of nickel based alloys”, Julian Vogtmann. (Poster)
  • ”Influence of the structure of 3D printed scaffolds on film deposition with an atmospheric plasma jet”, Dr. Thomas Neubert. (Lecture)
  • ”How to transfer HIPIMS processes using different cathodes and machines”, Dr. Ralf Bandorf. (Lecture)
  • ”Plasmaboriding of high-alloyed tool steels – a new approach for wear reduction on highly loaded forming tools”, Martin Weber. (Lecture)
  • ”Microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition of silica”, Holger Gerdes. (Poster)
  • ”Plasma Printing: Area-selective functionalization of surfaces at atmospheric pressure – Plasma sources and applications”, Dr. Michael Thomas. (Keynote Lecture)
  • ”3D modelling of bipolar magnetron sputtering plasma discharges”, Dr. Andreas Pflug. (Lecture)

8th Wetzlarer Herbsttagung ”Modern optics production”, September 25 - 26, 2018, Wetzlar

  • ”Atmospheric pressure plasma as inline-capable surface treatment in preparation for cementing and adhesive processes”, Stephan Brückner. (Lecture)

International Conference on Space Optics ICSO 2018, October 9 - 12, 2018, Chania, Greece

  • ”Uniformity and wavefront control of optical filters”, Dr. Michael Vergöhl. (Lecture)

function meets glass, October 22 - 23, 2018, Düsseldorf

  • »Functional thin film coatings on glass«, Dr. Oliver Kappertz. (Vortrag)

parts2clean Fachforum, 23. - 25. Oktober 2018, Stuttgart

  • »Precision cleaning and activation of automotive-polymers with customized plasma-sources«, Martin Bellmann, Dr. Bernd Schieche. (Vortrag)



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